iPass Network Grows to 13 Million Hotspots Across 120 Countries
iPass Expands Wi-Fi Network Footprint Fueled by Partner Home Hub and Community Hotspot Growth
REDWOOD SHORES, CA.—September 5, 2014–iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), providing cost-effective Wi-Fi access around the world for enterprises, telecom service providers and other strategic partners, today announced that it has expanded its global Wi-Fi network to 15 million hotspots. The rapid growth has been fuelled in large part by the proliferation of home hubs and community hotspots, which are increasingly handling commercial traffic.
Over the last 12 months, iPass has seen partners make significant investments in building out their Wi-Fi networks, which in turn has enabled iPass to substantially increase its Wi-Fi footprint. The iPass global network currently covers 120 countries and territories and has a footprint 13 times larger than its nearest competitor. Over 700 global companies use this network to keep their business travellers connected.
“We are proud to have innovative partners likes Comcast, China Mobile and Orange who have invested in building out premium Wi-Fi networks globally. Their investments in community hotspots and home hubs have increased the iPass network substantially,” said Evan Kaplan, president and CEO of iPass. “The pace of Wi-Fi hotspot proliferation is not abating and a roamable, global alternative network of 100 million hotspots will become a reality in the foreseeable future.”
Globally the growth of hotspots has been fuelled by iPass network partners investing in expanding the availability of Wi-Fi due to the increase in innovative monetization models including advertising and location based services, as well as the continued growth of innovative devices which, in many cases depend solely on Wi-Fi networks for connectivity. As a result iPass network usage is also on the increase, with tablet and smartphone users logging onto the network twice as many times as laptop users.
“iPass sits at the hub of the Wi-Fi ecosystem and we are seeing increasing diversity in our network partners. Organizations ranging from platform players to independent coffee shops see strong business opportunities in making Wi-Fi available to customers, while major telecoms operators are investing heavily in their Wi-Fi rollouts,” says Marcio Avillez, Vice President of network services. “The proliferation of devices, especially tablets, the majority of which are Wi-Fi only, has increased users’ appetites for Wi-Fi. These devices are being used way beyond typical business travel locations like hotels and airports. We’ve watched this trend flourish and have responded by working with partners to broaden our footprint in places such as urban outdoor areas, trains and airplanes.”
iPass continues to provide the most comprehensive in-flight Wi-Fi service in the world, with Wi-Fi access on more than 20 airlines up from 9 airlines just one year ago, including Delta, United, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Etihad and Singapore Airlines. iPass also provides on-board Wi-Fi connectivity on over 800 passenger trains, such as ICE in Germany, DSB in Denmark, Virgin Trains in the UK and many other rail brands throughout Europe and Japan.
Over 180 Wi-Fi network operators are connected to the iPass global network. iPass has over 74,000 hotspots in hotel and convention centres worldwide and provides seamless access to business travellers to premium Wi-Fi services at many hotel hotspots including access at select Hilton, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, Hyatt, Radisson Blu, Regal and Novotel properties. Other business venues offering access to the iPass Mobile Network include Starbucks and McDonald’s. iPass subscribers can access hundreds of different networks and more than 15 million hotspots using a single, secure login based on the user’s existing corporate credentials.
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About iPass Inc.
iPass enables business travelers to stay connected by providing them with cost-effective and convenient global Wi-Fi access across smartphones, tablets and laptops. Founded in 1996, iPass (NASDAQ: IPAS) is the world’s largest Wi-Fi network, covering over 120 countries and territories and selling to over 700 large corporations, telecom service providers and other strategic partners around the world. Through its cloud-based delivery model, iPass connects business travelers to over 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, airplanes, hotels and public areas. With the growing need for fast, high bandwidth connectivity, iPass lets business travelers stay close to what matters most while on the road including access to video, unified communications, web conferencing and other cloud based apps.
iPass® is a registered trademark of iPass Inc. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
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